Rainbow Food has been successfully trialed in the childcare setting, as well as in infant and primary schools.
The best results came from the centre which used the program for the longest period of time.
An improvement of 319% was achieved in the variety of healthy food sent in from home following the implementation of the Rainbow Food program.
and youth groups
In 2003 the Rainbow Food - Eating by Colour® program improved children's interest in and consumption of healthy food by up to 318% in the Federally funded pilot of the program in NSW.
Over 1000 children participated.
The program is now available to schools as a classroom resource with a take home component.
The classroom teacher introduces the concepts and activities and the take home booklets invite families to participate.
Participating schools receive an information pack to help with the running of the program, including recipes and lunchbox suggestions for families.
A whole school program supported by the Parents and Friends Association, as well as the school canteen, is the most effective way of maintaining the individual gains made by the children, over time.
Teachers will appreciate using the Rainbow Food -Eating by Colou® activity work-book across several KLA within the curriculum: science, design, creative and practical arts, PDHPE. The legend alone will inspire discussion as well dramatization and narrative analysis.
Denise Greenaway - Member of the Australian Psychological Society Rainbow Food -Eating by Colour® trademarked 14/2/03
Denise Greenaway is a leading Australian food psychologist, educator and author with impeccable international credentials.
(Click here for more About Denise)
Her Rainbow Food Program(c) has been welcomed by child care centres, pre-schools and K-6 schools across Australia.
Thousands of parents and families have benefited from Rainbow Food's fresh and simple approach to healthy nutrition for kids and fussy eaters.
As a food psychologist, Denise understands the keys to healthy eating in children: colour, fun, variety, ease of preparation, sharing, experimenting, celebrating.
A front runner in raising awareness of self-image and eating issues, Denise has developed powerful, preventative programs in educational and family settings.
Denise Greenaway is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a dynamic speaker, presenter, lecturer and facilitator.
Research shows that childhood obesity is increasing and is now one of the most prevalent childhood health problems
Federal Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Recommended key prevention strategies include the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity behaviours
NSW Childhood Obesity Summit 2002
Consistent with the NH&MRC* Draft Dietary Guidelines
for Children and Adolescents and Nutrition Australia's* Variety Index,
Rainbow Food-Eating by Colour® promotes
a broad range of various
healthy food types.
Rainbow Food-Eating by Colour® also promotes non threatening, non competitive physical activities.
The school setting is a direct way to access and disseminate nutritional information to children and their families.
The Rainbow Food-Eating by Colour® Project aims to raise awareness of the benefits of good nutrition at the earliest possible stage of children's development.. Its success can be measured by improvements in the variety scores of participating children.
The Rainbow Food - Eating by Colour® program uses successful learning tools to impart information, with an emphasis on first-hand
"Rainbow Food(R)" gets kids excited about food, its colour and flavour and that is a geat thing in a world where good food isn't fun any more.
"Rainbow Food(R)" brings back the fun that food always had before we lost it to a homogenised world. Often our most poignant memories of childhood are about food.
"Rainbow Food(R)" brings food back into the home and into the kitchen, which in many cases has become deserted. It is a wonderfully innnovative approach to our relationship with food, which is at risk of becoming sterile. It is a creative and engaging answer to the frequently asked question "What am I supposed to eat?"
As a nutritionist and health promoter, I hear that question regularly from many people leading busy lives with accompanying disordered eating patterns.
"What am I supposed to feed them?" is another frequently asked question, from exasperated parents struggling with children who are junk food addicts or finicky eaters.
This wonderful work provides innovative nutritional guidance so needed for children.
As advocate of the very successful Mirror Mirror programs, I am very excited about Denise's latest eating program. The book is beautiful to look at, encourages balance and variety and will inspire kids to explore what natural food has to offer.
Chair of NSW Healthy Body IDEA
(Image and Disordered Eating Association).